Easy Apple Puff Pancake

easy Apple Puff Pancake

MMM… there’s nothing better than warm buttery apple pancakes in the morning!

For those mornings you need something savory but not heavy, apple puff pancakes are perfect!

This is my new favorite go to for a warm breakfast. It’s not as heavy or sweet as traditional pancakes or other pastries. But fills the belly and satisfies the taste buds!

As important as breakfast is, it’s easy to reach for the already made stuff. Muffins, cereal, bagels, all delicious, but not so good for you when store bought and time consuming to make at home. If you’re going for a real food breakfast, quick and easy makes all the difference.

Scrambled eggs and sauteed kale are quick and easy, but sometimes the savory flavor is what you need. An apple puff pancake is a crowd pleaser and semi-entertaining with its fresh out of the oven puffiness. The apple-y goodness is delicious!Apple Puff Pancake

I adapted this recipe from The Prairie Homestead. There are a few differences, but I didn’t create this all on my own. I’m not that creative in the kitchen! Pinterest is my best friend for finding new meals.

Easy Apple Puff Pancake

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2-3 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced thin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp rapadura (or unrefined sugar), divided
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Melt your butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is bubbling, add in your sliced apples, cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp of rapadura. Stir occasionally until apples are starting to soften.
  2. Meanwhile, combine remaining rapadura, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well until combined. You may have some small lumps, but this won’t affect the final outcome.
  3. Flatten your apples in your skillet and pour in the batter. Place the skillet in your oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. The edges may start to brown slightly and the center will be nice and puffy!
  4. Let rest a few minutes and then slice and enjoy. It pairs well with bacon and coffee. Mmmm.
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Apple Puff Pancake on a plate

For an easy weekday breakfast, or a leisurely weekend, an apple puff pancake is a great choice! It’s quick to whip up and bakes while you make your coffee. (Or chase toddlers around.)

What are you making for breakfast this week?


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5 Reasons to Eat Kale For Breakfast

5 Reasons to Eat Kale for Breakfast

Did you say kale for breakfast?

Well, yes I did!

It’s no secret that kale has been labeled a superfood. In recent years, it has gained popularity and become the crux of many jokes surrounding healthy eating. But with any joke, there is some truth to it!

Kale is full of vitamins, minerals, and even compares to beef with its high iron content. I know!  Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. And more calcium than milk. Let that sink in for a minute.

Breakfast is often considered to be the most important meal of the day. Not only is it the first food you eat for the day and a chance to start your body off with nutrient dense foods, but it can help set the tone for the types of food you eat later on. When you eat a healthy breakfast, you are more inspired to make healthier choices through the day. I know that’s true for me.

So why should you consider kale for breakfast?

  1. Kale is high in fiber. It’s important to get your digestive system rolling in the morning. Fill your stomach with a fiber rich food and let the process begin. A strong start will help your body throughout the day. The high fiber content helps your body detox as well.
  2. Kale is high in minerals such as iron, calcium, folate, and magnesium. As I mentioned before, per calorie, this leafy green has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk. That blows my mind. It is low in calories too so you’re gaining more nutrients with less calories.
  3. Kale is high in vitamins. In just one cup of kale, you can get well over your suggested daily amounts of Vitamins K, A, and C. Vitamin K helps maintain bone strength and blood flow. Vitamin A is good for vision and skin. And Vitamin C boosts your immune system and metabolism.
  4. Kale is anti-inflammatory. High in omega-fatty acids, this leafy green is excellent in helping a variety of body functions affected by inflammation such as, arthritis, cardiovascular, and autoimmune disorders. Omega-fatty acids also help build cell membranes in the brain.
  5. Kale tastes amazing. This might be debatable. But I think it’s all in how you prepare it. I’m not necessarily suggesting you need to eat a huge kale salad for breakfast. I’m not too excited about that either. But a little side of sautéed kale is super simple and delicious.

This is only touching the surface on the benefits of kale. A little bit of kale goes a long way in regards to your health. I don’t think it can be argued that starting your day with a superfood isn’t a good idea. I can tell you, I always feel better when I’ve had my kale for breakfast.

If you’re worried about the time it would take to make a hot breakfast, kale cooks faster than scrambled eggs. And you know that’s a quick breakfast! Seriously, it doesn’t take a lot of time to make a good healthy breakfast.

A quick tip on streamlining breakfast if you are headed out the door or short on time, prepare things ahead. Cut your kale up ahead of time and store it in the fridge so you can easily cook it in the mornings. Or add it to an egg muffin (pinterest has zillions of recipes) that can be made ahead and even eaten cold.

My favorite method is to sauté kale in butter or ghee in a stainless steel pan. Then I cook up some eggs in that same pan. (No one needs extra dishes.) I add a side of roasted sweet potatoes to my kale and eggs for a complete meal! That could even be dinner some nights. Yum!

Kale for breakfast may seem strange. (I haven’t convinced my husband yet.) You may have to change your mindset as to what breakfast means. Is it time for sweet “breakfasty” foods? Or time to eat real food to fuel your day? Start your day off right with some hearty kale for breakfast.

Have you started eating kale for breakfast yet?

 


 

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